What is the purpose of aluminum foil on a gas tank?

by Travis Cook
(Kaysville, UT, USA)

This is a left side view of the gas tank - front is on left.

This is a left side view of the gas tank - front is on left.

This is a left side view of the gas tank - front is on left. This is a look from the right side - fan is next to front of tank.

I bought this from a previous owner, and I was lucky to have made it back home in one piece - I've taken it apart and there were pieces missing, the coolant was extremely low, and I find out there is what looks like aluminum foil on the front of the gas tank. Why would that be there? What is its purpose? Should I be concerned? Should I fix it?

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Sep 25, 2011
by: Jim Zeiser

Aluminum foil on something is usually present to reflect heat. I see the radiator fan next to the foil so that's probably there to protect the tank from heat from the fan.

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